Coffee inspires creativity—this is merely an overflow of that. A bit of my coffee journey in the form of doodles and sketches.
April 29, 2014

In case you missed it, Laila Ghambari was crowned the 2014 United States Barista Champion this weekend in Seattle! Congrats to Laila, her team, and everyone involved for a job well done.

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April 13, 2014

This past week, it was announced that Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee had purchased Handsome Coffee Roasters and Tonx Coffee. It should make for an interesting team—both Handsome and Tonx are well-known for being both unique and creative entities that are pushing the coffee/cafe industry forward in their own unique ways.

This doodle is a bit of a congratulations to all parties involved. Best of luck!

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April 7, 2014

Hey! Drink Better Coffee!

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March 23, 2014

Today’s doodle is inspired by the recent announcement that TOMS was venturing into the coffee roasting world operating under the same one-for-one model made famous by their shoe operations. Congrats and best of luck to everyone at TOMS!photo-1

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July 16, 2013

Kenya Season

If you’re on Twitter, you know that there was a bit of a firestorm over espresso and glassware and whether or not it was pretentious or innovative—everyone seemed to have something to say about it. Sprudge even chimed in with their own list of “12 More Painfully Elitist, Hipstery, Put-Offish Espresso Vessels.” 

I don’t have a ton to say on the matter, other than I think it’s really cool that coffee is at a stage where these conversations can be held, and at the end of the day the industry is moving forward in really cool ways.

Today’s doodle is a shout out not to glassware or demitasses, but to my favorite time of the year in coffee—the time when all the roasters bust out their Kenyas.

While the conversations about pushing the coffee industry forward happen online this summer, I’m going to sit back and enjoy them with a nice cup of coffee from my favorite producing country. Here’s to productive conversations that push things forward.

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June 10, 2013

I had the opportunity to get over to Greenwood’s Neptune Coffee (@neptunecoffee) this morning with Mark Barany (@kumacoffee) for coffee and conversations and geshas. The owners at Neptune were kind enough to pump out brews of a couple different Geshas for us to try from the MICE WBC event (roasted by the folks at Ninety Plus).

I think there are loads of opinions out there about Gesha coffees—some good, some bad, some misguided—but I will say this—the coffees were beautiful and bright, and had some extremely unique characteristics. Probably one of the most pronounced tasting notes I’ve ever experienced in a coffee came from the Perci (Panama)—tasted like cherry cola and strawberries.

It was a great experience, and a huge thank you to Balthazar and Christine from Neptune for dishing it out, to Mark Barany for the ride, and Mike Cannon (@superhariobros) for bringing it in from @ninetyplus.

Lots is happening at Neptune, and I’m hoping to get a feature out soon.

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June 8, 2013

I’ve been in Seattle for about two weeks now and have had the chance to check out quite a bit of the city. The coffee scene is good, but the city itself is what’s hard to beat. It seems like everywhere you go you’re surrounded by water, lush vegetation and foliage, mountains in the distance—but you’re still in the city. It’s a fantastic dynamic and one that will be hard to leave.

I’ve been to a few shops so far—the brand new Slate Coffee brick-and-mortar in Ballard, the revamped Neptune Coffee (now serving Kuma Coffee and Velton’s), Milstead & Co. (!), and Stumptown on Pike. There’s still so much more to do and see, and I’m really excited about visits to La Marzocco, Slayer, and Synesso. Finding myself feeling extremely lucky to be out here for the summer!

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May 3, 2013

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April 11, 2013

In case you’ve been living off the grid, the Specialty Coffee Association of America is hosting it’s annual expo this week in Boston, MA. There’ll be symposiums, the USBC, more barista competitions, new gear from the biggest names, networking, parties, and probably even a Sprudge puppet—a Spruppet—if everyone gets lucky.

If you can’t be there like me, you can follow along on @sprudge, or just check out the hashtag #SCAA2013. There will be a lot going on, and it’s sure to be a great time.

Today’s doodle is inspired by all the fanfare and hooplah that surrounds the event, and features a Pirate Ship, a USBC staircase, and the city of Boston.

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March 12, 2013

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Sadly, I just polished off the last of my coffee from Workshop—I had the privilege of visiting on a recent trip up to London. I’d visited once before, as Workshop was making the transition from St. Ali to their now (beautifully) designed brand and identity, and couldn’t wait to get back.

Workshop successfully an seamlessly merges the ideas of a great coffee spot, fantastic food stop, and roastery into one space on Clerkenwell Road. With a large square bar in the center that focuses mainly on coffee, and a roasting space and green wall behind it, the entire aesthetic is both welcoming and well-designed.

Even if you can’t make the voyage up to London, you can order some of Workshop’s Coffee on their brand new site.